Profile of Dr. Pious Thomas

Pious Thomas

Elected Fellow –2012

Basic Sciences-Biotechnology

DB: 01-12-1960

Birth place

Plassanal (village), Meenachil, Pala (Taluk), Kottayam Dist., Kerala, India.


Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, B. Sc. (Hort). ( 1982); M. Sc. (Hort.) (1985); Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Ph.D. (1989); University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., Post-Doctorate (1990).

Positions held 

Principal Scientist, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore (2007-to date); Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore (1999-2007); Scientist, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore (1990-1999); Research Scientist, Centre for Water Resources Development & Management, Kozhikode, Kerala (1985-86).

Research Area

Horticulture: Biotechnology & Endophytic Microbiology

Awards and fellowships

Award :
Young Scientist Award (1990), Kerala Science Congress; Commonwealth Fellowship Award (1989-90) from the British Council; DBT Overseas Associateship (Long term) Award 1998-99 availed at the Department of Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1999-2000); Sukumar Basu Memorial Award for the biennium 1999-2000 from IARI, New Delhi; DBT Overseas Associateship (Short-term) Award 2006-07 availed at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia from March- Sept. 2007; Giridhari Lal Chadha Gold Medal (2010); National Award from Horticultural Society of India, New Delhi; Shri. Hari Krishna Shastri Memorial Award (2011); National Award from IARI, New Delhi.

Fellow :
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi (2011); Horticultural Society of India (HSI), New Delhi(2010).


Principal Scientist, Endophytic & Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, Division of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessarghatta Lake  P.O., Bangalore - 560 089, Karnataka, India.
[Phone: 080-28466420 -4 lines x 410; Fax:  080-28466291; Mobile: 94805 14820



No. A, May’s Quarters, Bangalore Baptist Hospital campus, Hebbal, Bangalore- 560 024, India.
[Phone: 080-23430101]